With the hectic holiday season here, your decision on where to dine is really the last thing Joonbug wants you to fret about. Looking for the perfect "date-spot" to share an intimate evening with great food or looking to enjoy nourishing "comfort food?" Perhaps, you're dining with children? We breakdown our five faves in the handy holiday dining list! "Tis the season!
Top Date Dining: Gentlemen, how many times have you prepared for a date with that special someone and are panicked on where to go? Look no further than Michael Anthony's along the Hudson in Jersey City New Jersey. With glittering views of mid-town and downtown Manhattan along a pristine marina - your date will certainly be impressed. The food served here is just as pleasant as the view. The filet mignon bruschetta was original and delicious. We also suggest the fresh greens salad, with sliced veal, plum tomatoes, red onion, baby mozzarella in a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. The lobster ravioli was decadently delicious. Their famous "Winter Mojito" (spiced rum, mint, limes, drunken cranberry's, club soda & simple syrup) will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
www.michaelanthonynj.com 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ
Best Comfort Food: With the colder temperatures prevalent, many of us are leaning towards satisfying comfort food. Court Street is located along a charming cobble-stone street surrounded by various boutiques. The laid back, warm and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a soothing meal. Their french-onion soup with thick crusty-bread, oozing with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rich broth is the perfect way to warm up! A true crowd pleaser is their Veal Osso Bucco special -- the tender meat, literally falls-off the bone into a rich, savory sauce. At the traditional oak-wood bar you can find Sam Adams on tap, single-malt scotch and tasty mixed-drinks. End the meal with the profiteroles: pastry, ice-cream, home-made whipped cream, hot fudge.
www.courtstreet.com 61 6th Street Hoboken, NJ
Dining with the kids: Sugar and Plumm prides itself on delightful confections and savory plates, all made in-house and crafted from only the freshest and most sought-after ingredients. Finding a place that appeals to kids and adults a-like is another plus! This restaurant is also extremely child-friendly. Smiling faces can be found as guests enjoy "free-range" chicken noodle soup (that would even make grandma jealous), Maine lobster roll (meyer lemon aioli), buckwheat crepes (try the spinach and mushroom with NY muenster) and the vast kid's menu (mini-sliders with fresh-cut fries). Their milkshake selection will make you grin from ear to ear. Adults can act like kids again (indulge and enjoy) and hopefully, your kids will be well-distracted! Try the: Hot chocolate milkshake with toasted mini marshmallows. Be sure to visit the old-fashioned candy-store after your meal!
www.sugarandplumm.com 620 Bergen Town Center,Paramus, New Jersey
Something Spicy: Appeal to your craving for something spicy with a visit to Havana Cafe and Lounge. As you walk in you're welcomed by a roaring fireplace (perfect for this time of year) with a tropical vibe. This Cuban restaurant offers 15 different types of mojitos, home-made/savory empanadas and a Ropa Vieja that was tender and juicy! The perfect ending to your meal is the dolce de leche cheesecake.
twitter.com/hobokenshavana 32 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ
Gathering with friends: The true meaning to the holiday season is taking the time out for friends and family a-like. The tables set up at Houstons set the perfect stage for a fun gathering with your "besties." A dark wood bar flanked by a fun crowd and a spinach dip to-die-for are good enough reasons to swing by this crowd-pleasing mainstay. The roasted artichoke with garlic, shoe-string fries, flying fried chicken, and prime-rib sandwich with natural au jus are all delicious. For dessert try their famous key-lime pie or home-made apple-crisp with ice-cream and whipped-cream! Share the desserts and use your spoons to toast the meal! Afterwards, enjoy some laughs at the bar.
www.hillstone.com One Riverside Square, Hackensack, NJ